Hundreds walk in Norman to raise awareness of hunger

The annual CROP walk to stop hunger drew about 400 participants in Norman.
BY SARAH LOBBAN Published: October 9, 2013
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Kay Antinoro, a member of St. Stephen's United Methodist Church, has taken part in the CROP Walk to Stop Hunger for as long as it has been in Norman, and now the walk is a tradition shared by three generations of her family.

“I can remember when my daughter first walked it when she was 2 years old,” Antinoro said. “Today, she's here with her own kids.”

The three-mile hike on Sunday raised money and awareness for the issue of hunger in the community and around the world. It drew about 400 participants, organizers said.

The walk serves as a reminder that in some places, foot travel is the primary means of transportation. Basic necessities like food, water and medicine are not readily available. In a country where retail stores are on every other corner, easy access to these resources is often taken for granted.

CROP stands for Communities Responding to Overcome Poverty. One-fourth of the money raised by the annual CROP Walk goes to support Food and Shelter's effort to provide meals and assistance to those in need in Norman.

The rest of the money is given to Church World Service, the parent organization that founded the walk. The organization provides disaster relief, food, refugee assistance and educational aid in more than 80 countries worldwide, including the United States.

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